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To think I've poisoned my family????

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CandyApple1995 · 02/12/2019 17:23

I was in a rush to make tea, and am very sleep deprived today, so I hastily chucked 5 chicken breasts in the oven. When I read the packaging later it said to sear them first!!! They were in the oven for around 50 minutes and looked cooked. Someone please put my mind at ease!?

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TheDarkPassenger · 02/12/2019 17:24

50 mins for chicken breasts?? I’m surprised they were even edible?

littlemeitslyn · 02/12/2019 17:24

They will be fine

babycatcher411 · 02/12/2019 17:24

Ive never seared chicken before putting it in the oven, and I’m alive some 27 years on. Were they ordinary breasts?

NoGuarantee · 02/12/2019 17:24

You don't need to sear meat Confused

windsorblue · 02/12/2019 17:25

They will be fine I never sear the chicken before I put it in the oven no one has got poisoned yet.

TestingTestingWonTooFree · 02/12/2019 17:26

That should be plenty of time to cook chicken breasts

NegroniOnIce · 02/12/2019 17:26


windsorblue · 02/12/2019 17:26

They will be fine .I never sear the chicken before I put it in the oven no one has ever been poisoned.

Myusername101 · 02/12/2019 17:26

If meat is cooked it's cooked it doesn't matter how the cooking occurs.

CandyApple1995 · 02/12/2019 17:27

Oh thank you so much everyone. I'm not with it today at all. It said on the packet 25 minutes cooking time and I knew that was no where near long enough so when I had a closer look it was because I should have seared them! Been Totally panicking

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Barsh · 02/12/2019 17:29

25 mins for a chicken breast sounds about right otherwise would start to get v dry. All searing does is add a bit of colour and flavour.

You could buy a meat thermometer if you are worried.

basicbitch16 · 02/12/2019 17:30

25 mins should be plenty! Mine are always around that.

ReceptacleForTheRespectable · 02/12/2019 17:31

25 mins for a chicken breast is plenty. You sound very paranoid about food tbh...

CandyApple1995 · 02/12/2019 17:31

@barsh I lent mine to a friend and never got it back, will definitely be buying a new one tomorrow!

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1Morewineplease · 02/12/2019 17:31

You’re all fine... 25 minutes is ample, and I never sear chicken breasts beforehand, unless they’ve got skin on.

Apolloanddaphne · 02/12/2019 17:32

25 minutes is exactly the right amount of time for a chicken breast. 50 minutes means they will be overcooked, dry and rubbery.

managedmis · 02/12/2019 17:32

Stringsville ahoy!


CandyApple1995 · 02/12/2019 17:32

@ReceptacleForTheRespectable yes I am, I've had food poisoning before and it wasn't pretty! I've been super paranoid since!

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CandyApple1995 · 02/12/2019 17:33

😂 😂 😂 😂 I'm totally laughing at myself now. Yes they were tough as old boots. But thanks everyone. Google couldn't give me a straight answer

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coconuttelegraph · 02/12/2019 17:33

My goodness, I've been cooking chicken for decades and literally never seared it.

Do you suffer with anxiety?

ReceptacleForTheRespectable · 02/12/2019 17:34

But you'll be making your food inedible by overlooking it! Or unpleasant at the very least. Would a cookery course be helpful? As it might help you to have a better handle on what's safe and what isn't.

PullingMySocksUp · 02/12/2019 17:35

You can tell if chicken is cooked by cutting into it and seeing if it is pink.

CandyApple1995 · 02/12/2019 17:36

No I don't have anxiety, unless it's surrounding undercooked food 🤣

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MillicentMartha · 02/12/2019 17:39

Searing it seals the meat juices in and stops it being so dry. But 25-30 minutes is plenty long enough.

SirGawain · 02/12/2019 17:42

I think the searing is meant to crisp the skin to improve the flavour rather than contribute to the cooking. The time that you gave them will be more than enough.

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